Melbourne, 11 November 2019 – MaxCap First Mortgage Construction Fund – rated VERY STRONG.

Australia Ratings Analytics (Australia Ratings) has assigned an investment rating of ‘VERY STRONG’ to the MaxCap First Mortgage Construction Fund (the Fund). A Product Complexity Indicator of ‘YELLOW’ has also been assigned to designate the view that the Fund is a COMPLEX financial product, indicating that the underlying assets require specialist investment skills to acquire and to monitor. In addition, investment in this Fund has restrictions on the ability to redeem due to the relatively illiquid nature of the underlying loans. Investors should have a good understanding of the term and characteristics of the distributions from this type of fund. This Fund is available to wholesale investors only.

A rating of VERY STRONG is the second highest rating on the investment rating scale used by Australia Ratings. A VERY STRONG investment rating indicates a very strong conviction that the Fund can deliver a risk-adjusted return in line with the Fund’s investment objective.

The MaxCap First Mortgage Construction Fund (MFMC) is managed by MaxCap Investment Management P/L, a subsidiary of MaxCap Group P/L, a Melbourne-based specialist commercial real estate (CRE) investment manager. MFMC invests in Australian and New Zealand CRE construction loans, targeting relatively short-term, medium-sized loans of AUD30m to AUD50m. All loans are senior, first mortgage loans with a maximum Loan to (completed) Value of 65%. While this sector has typically been the domain of the major banks, regulatory pressure has meant that experienced non-bank participants are now seeing excellent deal flows and strong risk adjusted returns.

Since its inception, the Fund has focused on investing in a diverse mix of CRE loans, with the portfolio currently tracking at a net internal rate of return of 11.85% as at 30 September 2019.

Australia Ratings’ analyst, Maggie Callinan, says “the rating reflects the experience and track record of MaxCap Investment Management and their expertise in managing CRE lending”. She added, “the rating also indicates the high level of confidence Australia Ratings has that the Fund will continue to deliver a strong risk-adjusted return”.

The research report is available from


Maggie Callinan, Director 03 8080 6684


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